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:: Ontario Metallurgical Engineer Bert Wasmund Appointed to Order of Canada
Bert Wasmund, CIM member and Hatch engineer, receives second-highest civilian honour in Canada
Bert Wasmund was named a member of the Order of Canada this year for his numerous contributions to the Canadian mining industry as a metallurgical engineer.
Wasmund has worked at Hatch for more than 50 years, and one of his most notable accomplishments with the company happened in 1973 when he developed technology that used solid copper elements to cool the walls of smelting furnaces. This technology significantly improved the productivity, longevity and efficiency of furnaces and was the cornerstone of Hatch’s custom-design furnace business.
In 1989, Wasmund and the Hatch team designed a new electric smelting furnace for platinum smelting that increased production and reduced energy requirements, thereby vastly increasing the number of mines in South Africa.
Wasmund also helped create the technology systems for the sulfur dioxide abatement programs of nickel producers in Sudbury, Ontario in the 1970s and ‘80s, and he later implemented a strategy to replace outdated blast furnaces with a new smelting process using fluid-bed roasters and electric furnaces that greatly minimized the formation of acid rain.
Wasmund has earned many awards and honours for his contributions to the mining industry, including the CIM Falconbridge Innovation Award in 1994 and the CIM Airey Award in 1998. Wasmund was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2006 and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2011.
Wasmund was born in Bancroft, Ontario and got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemical engineering from Queen’s University in 1961 and 1963 respectively before earning his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1966.
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